At some point before 2005, my older brother went to New Orleans and brought me back an Indianapolis Colts necklace from a shop that specialized in unique Mardi Gras beads. This past summer, he took his whole family there and brought me back this….my Peyton Manning team collection is complete.
The Perfect Approximate Green Punch Recipe for Not-so Wordless Wednesday
Approximately 1/2 Sprite 2 liter bottle
Approximately 1/2 Ginger Ale 2 liter bottle
Approximately 1/2 container lime sherbet
You might tweak to taste. My ideal combination is a little less than 1/2 of the liquids and slightly more than 1/2 of the sherbet.
Sunny’s not sure she’s even looking for Mr. Maybe, when her friends decide to find her Mr. Right.
Sunny Vale considers herself a dog-loving, romance-reading, homebody. But her life goes from dull to deadly when her book club fires her from her own love life and sets her up on six blind dates- one of whom might be with a murderer. More trouble arrives in the dead of night, in the form of Jake Landon, a mysterious stranger, who breaks into her neighbor’s house and possibly her heart. But Jake is packing more than a loaded gun in his well-fitting Levi’s. He brings an arsenal of secrets and plenty of heat to Sunny’s ho-hum summer.
Jake Landon finds himself caught up in the capers of the sexy blonde in the house next door. But he has his own agenda which doesn’t involve playing hero to a curvy second-grade teacher and babysitting her panty-puking puppy. He’s got other problems like fiery explosions, a missing person…and a parade of jerks Sunny insists on dating.
Could Sunny’s Mr. Right be right under her nose? Even though Jake is gorgeous, likes her dog, and has abs she can crack an egg on, can she really go out with him if he’s just murdered her next door neighbor?
Women of all ages will enjoy this tale of humorous, women’s fiction, that also has a touch of cozy mystery in this small town love story.
Let me just start off by saying that this book will make you laugh. From the nosy neighbor to the bad dates, you’ll be chuckling from start to finish.
Sunny is a sweet school teacher that wants to live her own life with her awesome dog. But when her elderly neighbor goes missing and their spit-fire other neighbor brings her in on the hunt, what’s a girl to do? She gets involved, and ends up right in the middle of it all. Edna, the spit-fire neighbor is the heart and soul of the book group that Sunny is a part of. When the book group decides that Sunny needs to start dating again, they make her promise that each of them will get a turn. The only problem is, the guy that is turning her head is the mysterious stranger who moved into her missing neighbor’s house claiming to be his grandson. And he has a gun. That can’t be safe, right?
Going from one bad date to another shows Sunny just what she isn’t missing out on in life (we’ve all been there before) and lands her a bonafide creepo el stalkero. We’ve all been there too. Oh, you haven’t? You’re missing out, I promise.
Will Sunny be able to land on her feet after all the bad dates, underwear-eating dog, gun-toting neighbor, and book club members get through with her? Find out for yourself by purchasing Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Body from Amazon. You can also find this book on Goodreads.
Disclaimer: I DON’T recommend you getting a stalker, unless you had one like mine. He was a sweet high school crush and we pretended to stalk each other just for the fun of it. Real stalkers a creepy and may do what the one is this book did. And that’s just not cool, you know?
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An unholy ritual, a ticking clock. Four children discover there are things that go bump in the night …
Centuries ago a group of Elves committed an unholy ritual. But the ritual was a spectacular failure. It transformed the Elves into the Noctivagi – the beings we know as vampires.Striving to maintain a fragile peace, the ancient Elves and Dwarves negotiated an Accord, which they’ve renewed every year on the Summer Solstice. The ceremony depends on the magical Rune Stone, but it’s missing. If it is not found—and quickly—the consequences could be dire, and not just for Elves and Dwarves.Four children, Rob, Jack, Eleanor, and Flora, stumble into a world of magic and mayhem when they move into Black Ledge, the old estate on the Maine coast, and discover they aren’t the only ones who live there.
Throughout her entire life, Ella has heard voices. Voices inside her head. She’s never given much thought as to why she has this gift… or this curse, depending on which way you look at it. It’s not until she meets the mysterious Jonah that she begins to question her inherited abilities as a Soul Seer.Learning to deal with loss and love, Ella manages to live a seemingly normal life… or so she thought.”Rene Folsom puts a new twist in the concept of ‘soul mate’, taking our romantic notions to an eerily-desirable level of love, lust, and—quite possibly—lunacy!”— Jayce Grayson, Author of “Xianne: A Comedy of Cultures””Rene Folsom’s imagination takes us on a mind blowing ~ soul shattering journey. The love and elements of surprise will leave you breathless…”— Natalie Idrogo, NarlyNut’s Book Lovers, narlynut.blogspot.com”This story was gut wrenching, sweet, exciting, and really left an impact on me. This story left me absolutely stunned and desperate to find out what happens next!”— Terri Kinckner, Indie Addict Book Blog, teresabethscar.wordpress.com
** Heart You is an erotic romance short story for ADULTS ONLY! This novelette is roughly 7200 words and contains a hot sexual triad between two female roommates and their Valentine’s Day boy toy. **Have you ever wanted something you know you shouldn’t? That forbidden fruit. A temptation that will surely lead you down the path of illicit indulgence, and ultimately, pleasure beyond your wildest imaginations.That was the daily torture Samantha put herself through when she thought of her roommate, Kara. Sitting alone on Valentine’s Day, Sam found comfort in sharing her innermost secrets with her trusty journal while lusting over the brown-eyed goddess. At least until Kara comes home with a sizzling hot man and a night full of naughty games that would even make cupid blush.
[box] He’d bonded with the child. It was foretold, and so it would be. Black Ledge is inhabited again, but not everyone in the Realm is pleased. As the Driscolls settle into their new home they meet magical Beings, discover secrets, and exasperate the Elven Guard. They’re having a great time. Charm turns to alarm when they meet Doris, the Acadian Water Witch, who’s removed the Alabaster Chalice from its watery grave. The Noctivagi, drawn by the artifact’s Water Magyk, seek the Chalice for their own nefarious purpose, and mayhem ensues. Eleanor, Rob, Jack, and Flora fight time and tide to return the Alabaster Chalice to the Undine Prince before the darkness steals it.[/box]
There are quite a few series that I have to read all of the books in. Janet Evanovich’s Plum series, The Guardian series by Katie MacAlister, and Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling all come to mind. There are other books, of course, that I enjoy all of in a series but if we’re being honest here (and we are), unless something reminds me to buy the next book that comes out, I’m not going to remember to do it. I’ll buy them all day long if the next is out when I finish the book that I’m on but there are only a few authors that I remember to look them up every couple of months to check on their progress of my own personal drug. And there are only two that I think of so often that I
stalk follow them online. Paige Pendleton joined the ranks of these authors the day I read the first sentence of her first book, The Keeper and the Rune Stone. I started stalking following immediately. I wrote my first review of a book outside of the hollowed halls of school because I had to tell other people how amazing it was. I still do that. Any time I see someone wanting a recommendation of what to read, this book comes to mind. All I can say about this is…
Harry potter, you will always have a place in my heart. But thanks to The Black Ledge series, you have a new world of playmates.
Keep reading for my Amazon review of The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice
Saturday morning was momentous for I woke up to a message saying this book was now live. It was the moment I had been waiting months for and yes, I totally fan-girled out. I squealed and had a huge grin on my face for well over an hour. You see, The Black Ledge Series is wonderful. If you haven’t read the first one, The Keeper and the Rune Stone, then you really need to. It tells the tale of four children who become “aware” of the world around them. Wakening in them the ability to see all the Beings around them that are out there. Things happen and the children are needed to help set it all right. I said it in my review of that book months ago and I’ll say it again: Gunnr is my favorite character in this series. That didn’t change with the second book and I’m happy to report that he’s in this one even more!
The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice continues where The Keeper and the Rune Stone The Keeper and the Rune Stone (The Black Ledge Series) left off. The children, Rob, Eleanor, Jack, and Flora, are out of school for the summer and are guaranteed to get into plenty of trouble. I would say that it finds them when they least expect it but… They kind of go looking for it sometimes. All in the name of the greater good, of course.
Eleanor is working with Gunnr (a Noctivagus – read: a vampire) who, along with the Queen of the Elves and Camedon (did you know that Camden, ME is named after him? Little known fact for you there.), think she is more special than she realizes. Without giving away spoilers, since I hate reading reviews containing them, it’s hard to say much about a book other than it was great. So I’ll leave you with this:
Warning: This book contains Elves – some evil and some awesomely great, a Keeper that has more things to do than time, a witch that can change her appearance to suit her inner feelings, an old dragon with more bark than bite, Brownies that *try* to stay hidden, a seal that reminds me of the turtle in Finding Nemo (but smarter), and an ancient gargoyle named Motte that I’d love to be friends with.
If you want to know how all of this ties together then you should buy The Keeper and the Alabaster Chalice. In fact, you should purchase both books in the series (so far) and read them for yourself, to your kids, or even start a library group reading to kids that aren’t yours. You’ll inspire a love of books from a tiny spark that is The Black Ledge Series.
Find out more about Paige Pendleton and her books by following the links below. You won’t regret it. When you click on her Facebook link, be sure to say hi!
[box] College student, Natalie Vega, struggles in her quest to learn how she can have a normal life, which includes her boyfriend Ryan, and also help the world that has been experiencing the effects of global warming. While her supernatural powers are unknown and are a secret to most in the world, an evil business tycoon learns of her abilities and has other plans for Natalie and his empire.[/box]
After reading Element Part 1 by CM Doporto, I knew I couldn’t wait to read part 2. I got it right in the middle of some family issues and an incredibly busy work schedule that left me with almost no time for reading. Once I picked it up to start, I regretted not forcing a “Quiet Time” rule in my family so that I could have started this sooner.
Element Part 1 was the story of Natalie and Ryan, freshmen in college. They were attracted to each other from the first time they saw each other in class and eventually got together. Natalie and Ryan were working as interns at a local company where Natalie had agreed to try out some vitamins. The vitamins started causing strange reactions that you would need to read about to understand what I’m talking about. ((Shameless plug telling you to go buy the book here!!))
Element Part 2 picks up right where the first one left off, which I was happy about. Cliffhangers drive me a bit batty just because I hate waiting for the next one so to be able to finally pick back up on this story gave me a sigh of relief. Anyone that has ever read reviews by me know I hate giving away any part of the story, mainly because I hate reading reviews that do. So this is what I’ll leave you with:
Do Natalie and Ryan stay together? Do the vitamins cause more strange reactions? Will Natalie tell Ryan everything, or will it tear them apart? Find out on your own when you purchase Element Part 2 from Amazon.
I was given a copy of this book, not necessarily in exchange for a review, but because I loved the first one so much that I joined CM Doporto’s Street Team on Facebook. I’m happy that I did because I found myself enjoying Part 2 even more than the first one. The reviewing part comes in because it was such an enjoyable book and I love spreading the word when I find something that I love!
If you’d like to enter for a chance to win a copy of your own so you can find out the answers to the questions raised above, please visit CM Doporto’s website. She’s got a great giveaway going on for Amazon giftcards, swag, and 5(!) copies of Element, Part 2. http://cmdoporto.com/?p=459
Warning: This isn’t a clean YA book like most have been before this, it’s for ADULTS ONLY. If you don’t like erotica, please don’t pick up this book and then complain about it. You’ve been warned.
[box] Lily had a suspicion her new roommate was the type to always take control, no matter what the situation. It wasn’t until she accidentally peeked in on Chaz dominating another woman, that her suspicions were realized. Lily watched with amazement as Chaz masterfully played the female like a sensual instrument, bringing her the most intense gratification Lily had ever witnessed. After witnessing his sexual expertise from a distance and noticing the careful attention he gives to his lovers, Lily wanted nothing more than to have his hands sculpt every inch of her body. Unable to forget the incredibly erotic scene Chaz so skillfully played out, Lily sought to make her desires known by casually submitting to him throughout their daily lives. To her excitement, Chaz invites Lily to his prestigious art show opening at a local gallery. All it takes is a slinky dress, a pair of kitten heels, and a tiny scrap of lace to drive Chaz wild, causing some very heated moments.[/box]
An excerpt from Bind Me
As I knelt there watching his every move with expectation, Chaz began to unbutton the cuffs of his sleeves and roll them up, allowing the defined muscles of his forearms to show. He then began unbuttoning his shirt just enough that the oh-so-sexy tattoo on his left pectoral peeked from beneath the fabric. I was lucky to keep myself from drooling at the sight of the black ink tracing around his toned muscles and perfectly sculpted skin.
Another WARNING. You may learn something new about me that isn’t as angelic as this blog makes me out to be.
As someone acquainted with the BDSM lifestyle, I always get a bit giddy when an author gets it right. Most of the relationships aren’t just about domination and pain like some books try to convince you of *cough* Fifty Shades of Terrible *cough* and Bind Me got it right.
Chaz and Lily are roommates but when Lily accidentally walks in on Chaz and another girl, she realizes she wants more than a platonic relationship with him. What’s more, she wants what he had going on with the other girl. Lily slowly starts changing her behavior around him to make sure Chaz gets the hint about what she wants from him and boy does he!
Bind Me is written by someone that obviously understands that there are more sides to an alternative sexual relationship than is usually portrayed. Author Rene Folsom delivers a story that draws the reader in, even if this isn’t the type of book they usually go for. Well written and sensually graphic, Bind Me ends with you imagining what happens after Chaz and Lily go home for the night.
If you’ve never read a bondage book, this would be a great one to start with. Nothing scary happens in it and Lily is in full control at all times. She just has to say stop. Rene has a way with words that allows you to visualize what is going on and it leaves you wishing for more. This wasn’t the first book, nor the last, that I’ve read by her but it IS the only one that makes me want to lock her in a room and take away her internet connection until she continues with Lily and Chaz’s story. I want to know if they get together any more. If they date. If they get married. If a third person enters the equation. If he finds someone better. But no. We don’t get that. What we do get, and we’re happy for the crumbs she threw our way, is the amazing story of two people exploring each other in public(ish). I loved it. Now I’m just waiting to forget enough of it so that I can read it again! And again. And again.
Check out her website (link below) for a bigger, more graphic, excerpt. Disclaimer: You might pant a bit.
Find out more about Rene Folsom by following the links. Tell her I said “hi” while you’re there!
Amazon Book Link – Because you know you want to buy it now.
I first encountered Yellow Dock Root and Burdock Root when I was researching skin supplements and came across Murad Pure Skin Clarifying Dietary Supplement. The idea of the pills intrigued me but the price seemed prohibitively high, so I took note of Yellow Dock and Burdock as key ingredients and went looking for other places to gain access to the skin benefits of these products.
Several teas have one or the other, but Yogi Skin DeTox, Herbal Tea Supplement, 16-Count Tea Bags features both as well as a host of other beneficial antioxidants — all in a tasty tea. I have ordered this multi-box package several times in the past and while I can’t vouch for a dedicated improvement in skin health, the tea is just as good as any other herbal tea I drink and falls under the heading of “couldn’t hurt.” It is also one of the few herbal teas my husband will drink as he largely avoids anything that leans toward floral.
If tea isn’t your thing, you can also pick up Yellow Dock Root and Burdock Root supplements separately. For the $40 you could spend on Murad pills, you can get two 100 quantity containers of both Yellow Dock and Burdock and end up with 200 tablets of each versus 120. You can also buy Yellow Dock Root and Burdock in liquid form.
If you’ve ever experienced a marked improvement in your skin by taking Yellow Dock Root or Burdock, we’d love to hear your story in the comments below!
I have blogged before about how switching to using a humidifier helped clear up my cystic acne after my water softener started dehydrating my skin which was putting me in a vicious cycle of dehydrating, skin trying to recuperate, build-up, acne and back around. Since then are water softener is no longer connected, but we have discovered that the city water without a softener is actually pretty unfriendly and cloudy too. Here are a few ways I believe the water has been hurting me and why:
Cystic Acne and Water Softeners
As I chronicled in the post A Humidifier Helped Clear by Cystic Acne, I really had a horrible resurgence in acne in my mid-20s…which, on one hand, I know is kind of normal, but I really felt like it was being brought on by external factors versus internal hormone levels. The addition of more moisture into my home environment helped clear things up almost perfectly. The only time I seem to get pimples now is when I’m stressed or about to get my period. [Read more…]
This is all too true. We all think we need more time, but often all we really need is to get more value out of the time that we have. And by that I don’t mean attempting to multi-task even more things than you probably already do. Instead, I mean to actually assign a value to the things you do daily to determine if they are worthwhile.
Ideally, something should either be fun or enhance your monetary or emotional state. So, let us examine a few time killers and find ways to maximize their value while minimizing the time spent on the activity.
Talking to Family or Friends
This is my biggy. Ever since I left home eight years ago and got married, I have called my father at least twice a week. Sometimes it feels more like an apology for not being their with him than an honest-to-goodness back-and-forth. These calls can be emotionally fulfilling but sometimes I let them continue until he is ready to go instead of suggesting that I need to go for work.
We have an old executive timer for timing phone calls, and my iPod has a timer. I need to work on limiting my calls to less than one hour twice per week by setting a timer for 45 minutes that will cue me in that it is wind-up time. I could also jot down things I want to talk about throughout the week to leave less dead air on the line which will make the car seem more valuable even though it is less time. I will still receive the emotional comfort but not take away from my work or quiet moments.
Reading is something that both Amanda and I do a lot of, so it is very fun and, at times, emotional rewarding and monetarily valuable as we read for work or professional pursuits as well as pleasure. How can we extract the maximum value from reading? By keeping books and other interesting works to read on our phones and portable devices that we carry with us at all times.
This allows us to read at odd moments where we would otherwise spend time staring at the wall or flipping through a pamphlet on sterilizing bottles or elder care because it is the only thing available. I have taken to reading in this really awkward time frame when my husband jumps up to take care of the supper dishes in the middle of a movie (which I pause). Sometimes this will stretch up to half an hour – that can be a fourth of a book in some instances. I am still enjoying my activity but doing more of it in gaps of time that would be wasted without literature.
I have addressed the dangers of spending too much time trying to save money unless you have a lot of time on your hands because of a disability or a job or activity that features slow periods without anything else to occupy your time. Coupon for the things you already buy and avoid spending over a couple of hours a week on the activity – max. This will make the work a good value as you will save money without wasting the only thing you cannot get back – time. You can always reearn an extra $1.00 spent, but the hour you spent trying to save it is finished.
While the above are only three examples of examining value, they encompass fun, monetary worth, and emotional fulfillment, so you can see the thought processes and involve similar principles in your day-to-day life.